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Network TV Airs EPA Myths on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
February 7, 2007

Posted by matthew_dempsey@epw.senate.gov

Last night, Tuesday, February 6, 2007, NBC aired an episode of the crime drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" entitled "Loophole," that asserts that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows women and children to be intentionally dosed in pesticide experiments.

The left-of-center environmental group Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and Physicians for Social Responsibility consulted with NBC executive producer Neal Baer and writer Jonathan Greene for tonight’s “Law & Order” episode.  See: http://www.nbc.com/Law_&_Order:_Special_Victims_Unit/

From the PANNA website:

“In the episode, several children and their families -- including a Honduran immigrant family—are unwittingly tested with a dangerous organophosphate pesticide (a class of acutely toxic chemicals) by a fictional chemical company. In real life, EPA's recent human testing rule contains loopholes that allow chemical corporations to test pesticides on women and children.”

 FACT: Under EPA’s new rules, EPA can not and will not accept any pesticide research involving any pregnant or nursing women and any children.  EPA’s rule also categorically prohibits EPA from conducting or sponsoring any intentional dosing studies that involve pregnant or nursing women or children for ALL substances, not just pesticides, regulated by the Agency. 

 

 





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